That long “s” has been causing confusion for years, but I wasn’t aware that Samuel Jonson had been a victim. According to Interesting Literature he misread Britannia and included foupe in his dictionary where soup was actually what Camden referred to. Johnson defined it as “to drive with a sudden impetuosity”. The Oxford English Dictionary confirms the Great Pajandrum’s error. The misreading is even odder when we see that the long “s” was used in the Dictionary itself! Maybe his copy of Camden had a typo, an “f” for a long “s”.

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